Ray Henson is an American professional poker player who currently resides in Houston, Texas in the United States of America. He learnt the game from his dad Richard Henson, a professional poker player who died of emphysema disease. At the table and in poker circle, Ray Henson is known by his nick name “Mr. Lucky”, and he is an expert at cash games.
In 2006, Ray Henson entered the international poker scene with a fourteenth-place finish at the World Poker Challenge – World Poker Tour (WPT) Season 4 in Event #12 - Omaha Hi/Lo. A few months later, he tried his hand at the Legends of Poker/WPT Event Season 5 in two events, which included Event #20 – No-Limit Hold'em and Event #21 - Limit Hold'em and made a total of $7,535 in prize money. He began 2007 on a promising note with a spectacular victory at the Deep Stack Extravaganza Tournament in the H.O.S event and added $13,261 to his bank payroll. Ray Henson carried on this good form and made his first appearance at the 38th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2007 held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. He took part in Event #55 – No-Limit Hold'em Championship and finished in 12th place to walk away with a whopping $476,926 as cash prize. He claims that this success was a memorable one, since it happened when he was going through a rough patch in life.
On 17th July, 2007, Ray Henson took part in the No-Limit Hold'em event at the Legends of Poker/WPT Event Season 6, where he ranked 9th and took home $4,025. Later that year, Ray Henson finished second in the Poker Pages Ranking No-Limit Hold'em Championship at the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge and bagged $138,322 in prize money. At the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic/WPT Season 6, he participated in two No-Limit Hold'em events and made a total of $21,530 cash prize.
After a successful season in 2007, Ray Henson started 2008 at the LA Poker Classic/WPT Event Season 6 and contested in two events that included Event #1 - No Limit Hold'em and Event #29 - No-Limit Hold'em Championship and pocketed a total $23,129. Ray Henson maintained this momentum with a tenth-place finish at the Five Star World Classic Poker Classic/WPT World Championship-Season 6 in Event #7 – No-Limit Hold'em to add $4,200 to his bankroll. He also took part in the Super Satellite – No-Limit Hold'em event in the same WPT championship and earned $25,700 in cash. Ray Henson made his second appearance at the 39th World Series of Poker and took part in four events, which included Event #20 - Limit Hold'em, Event #46 – No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed, Event #52 – No-Limit Hold'em, and Event #54 – No-Limit Hold'em Championship. Taking into account all these events, Ray Henson made total prize money worth $58,796.
As of 2008, Ray Henson has 18 cashes and has made $774,372 in tournament winnings that include $574,684 in WSOP earnings.